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Keane frontman denies reports that the band are splitting up

Frontman Tom Chaplin seeks to clarify rumours about future of the band

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Keane frontman Tom Chaplin has denied reports that the band are to split after 16 years together.

Reports emerging over the weekend claimed the band are to split after 16 years so singer Tom Chaplin can make a solo album and main songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley can focus on penning hits for other artists. However, the truth is that the band are merely taking a break and have made no long term plans regarding the future of Keane.

Speaking to Real Radio Yorkshire, Chaplin is quoted as saying: "This is something that has been twisted by one particular article in one particular newspaper over the weekend. All we've said is that we've been very busy for a few years and we'd like to take a bit of time out from being Keane, and somehow that has morphed into 'Keane are splitting up'."

Keane formed in 1997 and have seen each of their four studio albums – 2004's 'Hopes And Fears', 2006's 'Under The Iron Sea', 2008's 'Perfect Symmetry' and last year's 'Strangeland' – make Number One on the UK's Official Albums Chart. The band have won an Ivor Novello and two Brit Awards and and Rice-Oxley has co-written songs with Gwen Stefani and Kylie Minogue.

'The Best Of Keane' will be released on November 11 and features 20 tracks including two brand new songs, 'Higher Than The Sun' and 'Won't Be Broken'. Keane are set to play an intimate gig at the Forum in Tunbridge Wells this Friday (October 25).

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this week (October 16) that Lily Allen, who is known to be a big fan of the band, is to soundtrack this year's John Lewis Christmas TV advert with a cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know'.

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